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Thursday, July 11, 2002

Definitions for lineament

  1. A distinctive shape, contour, or line, especially of the face.
  2. A distinguishing or characteristic feature; -- usually in the plural.

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Citations for lineament
If she saw herself, even in her memory, she did not see the brightness that had been hers as a wife; she saw the lined and ageing woman she had become, as if these lineaments had been waiting to emerge since her features had first been formed. Anita Brookner, Visitors
Biography -- and, by definition, autobiography -- is the form of the moment. In the shape of a well-lived, well-told life we can discern the lineaments of the day and even, if the life to hand signifies more than itself, the age. Fred Inglis, New Statesman
Origin of lineament
late Middle English
Lineament comes from Latin lineamentum, "feature, lineament," from linea, "line."